She-Hulk: Attorney at Law arrives with a clear purpose, if not a swagger, eager to carve out its own place in the MCU’s long and convoluted mythology.
This story contains spoilers for the first episode of “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.”
Jennifer Walters, aka She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany), may be an attorney at law. She could be a lean, mean, green gamma-powered superhero at six feet seven inches tall. But she is not immune to the everyday sexism and patronizing that women face, from male colleagues who underestimate her to men who explain her own field of expertise to catcallers who harass her outside a seedy bar. All she can do at times is roll her eyes and shrug. She can Hulk out on occasion.
In the first episode of “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law,” viewers discover not only how Jennifer Walters acquires her superpowers, but also that she is a little obsessed with Steve Rogers’ sex life. She keeps bugging her cousin Bruce Banner about it until he admits whether Rogers ever lost his virginity.
One of the things that struck Mark Ruffalo about the Disney+ series, according to head writer Jessica Gao, is “how horny-forward [the story] is” in comparison to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he laughs. Ruffalo, who has played Banner and his alter-ego Hulk since 2012’s “The Avengers,” also likes how “She-Hulk,” which debuted on Thursday, “just takes the piss out of a lot of the superhero macho stuff and kind of the toxic, male Reddit culture” that can pervade certain fandoms.
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As a setup for a nine-episode season, the premiere works well enough as a primer on the titular character, while introducing us to the other key players (including a superpowered baddie played by Jameela Jamil). An extended flashback first clues us in on She-Hulk’s origin story: a car crash ends with Bruce’s gamma-radiated blood accidentally leaking into Jen’s wound, instantly leading to a transformation. To mentor Jen in the ways of the Hulk, he whisks her off to somewhere in Mexico: a series of training montages sees lots of leaping across palm trees, lifting boulders, some meditating and, of course, Hulk-smashing. As is common with first episodes, this one too is burdened with doing a lot of expository heavy lifting.
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